The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


EPHUMA306 provides students with foundational knowledge of the academic study of film and literature through an exploration of the concept of identities and a variety of critical approaches related to genre and adaptation. The course focuses on the development of foundational skills in critical analysis – encouraging students to work independently and collaboratively as they develop the research and essay-writing skills that will provide them with a platform for entry into undergraduate Humanities-based programs.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the structures and techniques used in various forms of literature and film

2. Explain terminology used in the analysis of literature and film, and ways it can be used

3. Identify and describe a variety of critical approaches that may be employed in the study of literature and film

4. Develop independent responses to a variety of imaginative texts

5. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in small groups

6. Select and employ the skills necessary to think critically and respond appropriately in both written and oral forms to a variety of fictional texts

7. Write an academic essay at a level suitable for successful study at the introductory undergraduate level


The first half of the course covers a range of imaginative texts (poetry, drama, fiction and film) that share a focus on the concept of identities. Drawn from a variety of periods and genres, these texts will be contextualized for students in order to develop their skills in critical analysis.

In the second half of the course, students explore how the conventions of genre and adaptation can be applied to the study of film and literature. In the genre module, students study the interrelated genres of pulp fiction and film noir through analysis of selected films, a pulp fiction novel, and a graphic novel. The adaptation module features the examination of a variety of cinematic and literary interpretations of the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare.


This course is not available to students have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPHUMA144 or EPHUMA244.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Online Learning Activity: Online Posts

Written Assignment: Essay Plan

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Group Oral Presentation

Written Assignment: Reflection Task

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks